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post #101 of 243
we liked the passat wagon and the jetta wagon but they were a bit more $$ than we wanted to pay. we sold our jetta and our subaru wagon to travel. they both were great cars.

not sure i have too much advice about the three carseat thing though. that would make it a rough to stay small without going for a minivan or suv. wagons just don't have the third seat. is running biodeisel important for you all? mercedes has older wagons with the third seat that faces the back but i don't know how 'safe' a car seat would be back there. the grand jeep cherokee is really pricey but bigger than the liberty, you know. we didn't look at it b/c it was about twice as much as the liberty.

a storage compartment on the roof can be a good option if you want to stay in a smaller vehicle and free up interior space.

rottie while traveling: our renters looked after him so he got to stay here in his house. plus, my brother walked him every weekend and bought him food before they ran out. my neighbors do animal rescue so they kept an eye on him whenever he was outside (and would send us e-mails that they saw him and he looked healthy and happy!) and took care of him one weekend when the renters went on vacation. we thought he was in good hands. he had fleas when we got back. our neighbors told us fleas were intense this summer so maybe it wasn't that they neglected him but just how bad the fleas really were in our area. ugh. fleas are still so gross and we felt bad for him to suffer. he's okay now and all clear of 'em thankfully!
post #102 of 243
just poppin on to say HI, and am so sorry i haven't been in touch or part of the conversation, though i'm reading along, as always.
was So frustrated the other night, when i wrote a super long post that got lost. haven't had the time again to write again. hopefully in the next few days i can catch up on the conversation.

i have nothing to share to the carsear/car conversation. we bought my grandfather's car from him, which worked out perfectly, and have been intending to look into switching to biodiesel, and being the terribly imperfect, but truly intentional environmentalists we are, haven't done it yet. i think i'm afraid it's going to cost money, and we always have none.

FERN, hope that baby stays put til you're ready!
it's so exciting to hear about all you pregnant mamas.

HELEN, good luck surviving with all the construction going on. I cannot imagine! plus pregnant, plus holidays!

i don't have much to share, except that finley is talking more every day, and is so so sweet. he is very into the whole christmas thing, and me and my DH, especially do love the traditions that come with the year.

more soon, ladies! thinking of you all often...
post #103 of 243
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Awaken, I know people who have two carseats plus a booster in a VW passat. IF the passat over there is the same as over here and there's a way of securing it in the centre seat, don't rule it out just yet. Failing that, come and join me in the "bloody hell, that's a bit big, innit?" gas guzzling minivan club. (I heartily recommend the VW sharan, btw.) IF you do that though, you really need to be a two car family, because the mpg on minivans is horrendous. You also need diesel or biodiesel.
Incidentally, have you had huge gas price hikes over there? We've just crossed the £1 per litre mark here (that's $2 per litre- 4 litres per gallon and expecting more protests to kick off soon.
7 building days to Xmas They aren't in today, but still. I'm excited. I just need to survive next week somehow.
post #104 of 243
Awaken, is your ds1 even big enough for a booster seat yet? We have a Honda Pilot, and Willem is going to have to go either in his Britax or a booster in the back row and he'll either have to climb over seats to get to his seat or he'll have to get in thru the back. It just depends how big he gets how soon.
It's actually considered a station wagon not an SUV () and we get pretty good mileage on it, considering. We got because we never had enough room in the Civic to cart around equipment for spinal screenings and events like that. It would work beautifully spacewise if we didn't have (or will have) three kids that need carseats.
post #105 of 243
Is biodiesel the same as ethenol? We're probably going to be getting a new car for DH sometime in the next 6 months and we've thought about ethenol and hybrid. We'll probably go hybrid though. He wants an Explorer or Escape Hybrid, but I hate Ford (HATE!) so I'll try to talk him into something else!

So today I mailed out 8 packages of goodies for family: pumpkin bread, fudge, and Rice-Krispie treats (Yu-um! , and I will finish the other 9 or 10 packs this weekend. I love sending goodies out in lieu of "gifts". Brynn and I had so much fun making them, and then we made a glitter hand-print (of Brynn's hand) on a piece of brown recycled paper (like a paper bag) and wrote "Made with loving hands" and put it on top of all of the treats so it'll be the first thing our loved ones see when they open the box. So fun!

Helen, hope that all of the construction is finished soon and that you survive in the mean-time!
post #106 of 243
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I miscounted It's actually only 6...

Has anyone else stalked the Dec DDC to see if our errant members have had their babies yet, btw?
post #107 of 243
And AWAKEN...CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Hope you find a great way to tell everyone in IRL, and I'm sure that soon, it will start to feel exciting for you.

SoulJourney, so great to see you back, and I'm thrilled to hear that you have found a lovely man. Enjoy those beginning days, and keep us posted, when you can.

Kaspirant, I'm so glad you have help with moving. What an exciting and crazy time for you guys! Hope you're surviving school plus insomnia. Thank goodness Friday is almost here. We'll come visit you in your cabin, if you'll have us, and lend a helping hand with unpacking.

And Amy, I love your blog about holiday traditions. I so admire everything that you are doing. You are so inspiring. (And from a ways back, which was lost in my previous post, I'm so sorry about the stuff with your mom...but so glad that you found peace with the situation).

Speaking of moms, I find it remarkable/interesting that so many of us have poor/non-existent mother figures...and here we are, mothering so consciously, with such awareness, purpose, affection, and attachment. We are breaking cycles everywhere!

Is anyone else's babe nursing a lot at night? Finley is...I feel like he is going through some kind of growth spurt, because he is talking SO MUCH, and new words and grammatical structure are popping up every day. I am trying to be patient for now, though it is challenging. I tried talking him into going back to sleep without it, but it REALLY did not work or take at all. Part of it could also be that I have been gone/out more lately, because of career stuff. Thankfully, today I'll be with him all day, and I'm so excited about it.
post #108 of 243
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Speaking of moms, I find it remarkable/interesting that so many of us have poor/non-existent mother figures...and here we are, mothering so consciously, with such awareness, purpose, affection, and attachment. We are breaking cycles everywhere!
So, so, so true barcelona. I think about that sometimes too, and about the legacy we mamas are leaving. I get excited thinking about how having *two* loving parents will influence Brynn in her love relationships, and as a parent herself.

Michelle, I'm glad you came out of hiding to give us the update! That's really exciting about the new man in your life. You'll have to keep us updated on that!

Hey, what other magazines do y'all read? I'm trying to come up with some ideas for Christmas presents that Jason could get for me, but I'm just not thinking of many things. I like reading magazines, but haven't found any that I really love other than Mothering.

ETA: I found the *perfect* magazine! Check it out! :LOL
post #109 of 243
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Hey, what other magazines do y'all read? I'm trying to come up with some ideas for Christmas presents that Jason could get for me, but I'm just not thinking of many things. I like reading magazines, but haven't found any that I really love other than Mothering.

ETA: I found the *perfect* magazine! Check it out! :LOL
It is perfect, Amy! I love Brain, Child. It's kind of the New Yorker of parenting mags. It's less AP than mothering, but smarter (and less glossy, less advertising, too). I also think it's expensive, but my local library carries it

And Helen, I've been watching the Dec DDD. No babies yet
post #110 of 243
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Odd, I thought I posted a link last night. It's moderately expensive over there, but www.junomagazine.com rocks my world.
post #111 of 243
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Odd, I thought I posted a link last night. It's moderately expensive over there, but www.junomagazine.com rocks my world.
It looks nice, but with the conversion rate, it works out to over $10 per issue for us Americans! Yikes.

Mel, I've heard of Brain, Child but haven't actually read one. I'll have to check it out!

Oh! Brynn slept through the night last night, for the second time! Helen, better get out the cashmere....
post #112 of 243
magazines: mother earth news and the natural home are my other faves. my mil has a salon so i flip through mags when we visit her to get my fix on cool ones that i don't have a sub to. my mothering sub ran out, actually so it's on the christmas/birthday list! dh's b-day is dec 31st and mine is jan 30th.

my babe is moving and grooving so much. i feel the kicks and pokes much more b/c s/he is anterior right now. did any of ya'll give birth to a sunny-side up baby? in my dream a month or so ago, the babe was born facing me. i had such an easy labor with ez that anterior labor isn't my hope. i only pushed twice for her, even. it was so wonderful that i am curious how this labor and birth will go.

i am working on birth and preggo themed necklaces for an etsy shop that i started setting up this week. i still need to figure out how to charge for s/h and get some mailing packages. shoot me tips if you have any. i am so stoked to share the shop with you all one day soon!

happy holidays to everyone!
post #113 of 243
I love magazines.

I read Mother Earth News, Mothering, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, Sierra, and Ode cover to cover each month. If I've got a few dollars to burn I might pick up a copy of The Believer, Sage Woman, Orion, Herb Quarterly or Compleat Mother. And if I'm feeling like eye or brain candy I like Real Simple and Bust.

So our papermaking workshop went wonderfully. The kids had a blast and Woody helped at almost every stage. It is such a toddler-friendly activity! The cleanup was a big job, but I am definitely going to be doing it again soon.

So Helen, what do you do with your home-made paper? I am going to make gift tags and ornaments, but am looking for more ideas...

Gunter, I know that Greenlee (an MDC mama) has a lot of success with that kind of jewelry, though from what I "know" of you I would imagine your style would be a little different; maybe check out her Web site and get some ideas for shipping, advertising, etc.? Can't wait to see your stuff!
post #114 of 243
HoneyTree.

We spent a lot of time at a theme park growing up that specialized in homemade/handmade things. I adopted the papermaker there as my grandpa and we were pen pals until I was well into college and he passed away.

We made paper and used it for stationary. He would also make stamps and decorations for the paper he made. I learned a lot from him.

I still have some of the envelopes he made me that he stamped saying "This is love Alicia month"

I'm glad it went well for you.
post #115 of 243
Holy cow, Alicia, that is such an odd and beautiful set of circumstances! Sounds like the makings of a tender Lemony Snicket novel .
post #116 of 243
On the magazine note, my SIL told me you can get subscriptions for just about any mag on ebay for $1 or 2. Still haven't looked into it myself but just wanted to pass that along.

Gunter, I can't wait to see your work!!!

Today we had our FIRST diaper free, potty free nap!!!!!!!! Gabriel's really taken to his potty. He gets mad when he wets his diaper and struggles out of it first thing in the morning. He's much more dextrous at this age than Willem was, especially with regards to pulling his pants down and up. I'm not pushing him towards going diaperless all the time, only when he asks. Potty regression will probably come so I'd rather think of him as still in dipes.
On the potty note, I've made it a point to finally get us back on track and green up our bathroom. My mom had bought us a ton of disposable dipes and wipes in the summer and we used them on and off. Mostly on. Especially when my dipes needed to be stripped but just the thought of boiling diapers in a huge stock pot while I was retching at even the slightest smell smack dab in the middle of the dog days of August - yikes. Anyway, having been spoiled by the luxury (barf) of disposable wipes, I've finally taken strides to go back to cloth wipes. and I'm wondering why it's taken so long. It takes two cloth wipes to do the work of six or seven disposables. This time I'm doing a pump thermos on the toilet lid with a stack of dry cloth wipes next to it. That way we have the option of using a wet (and warm!)wipe when we potty or a dry one (for number 2 or 1 respectively). I got the idea from green parenting. Still have to get some GSE and aloe for the wipe solution but as soon as I do we'll be set! Finally.
post #117 of 243
*popping out of lurkdom for just a moment!!*

Amy, this is a bit more mainstream, but I am enjoying Wondertime Magazine - it focuses a bit more on enjoying one's children, and less the "Your Newborn! What you should know!" type of articles one finds in most parenting magazines.

I really want to read Brain, Child, too....

I don't have time to respond, but I am so excited to get beads! Thanks, kaspirant, for putting them together so nicely. Thanks everyone!

Best wishes to all the expectant mamas! And Happy Holidays, everyone!
post #118 of 243
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Teresa, a lot of my paper gets handed along to my mother (who has been making her own cards) or turned into Xmas cards. I'm pretty much 100% handmade this year, so feeling moderately proud of that.

eta: Amy, I pay about £6 for all the US import magazines : IWK is my big impulse buy.
post #119 of 243
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I'm pretty much 100% handmade this year, so feeling moderately proud of that.
Wow, that is awesome!! You should be proud of that!

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eta: Amy, I pay about £6 for all the US import magazines : IWK is my big impulse buy.
Man! That sucks. What's IWK? Gingerstar, my friend just got me a copy of Wondertime for Brynn's birthday, and I like it so far. I was turned off by all of that ADS, especially the formula ads, but hey, what are you gonna do? I submitted this picture of Brynn for their "Firsts" page (it was her first jack-o-lantern), so maybe next Halloween it'll be published.

I used to read Harper's magazine all the time, but I just get so incensed by the political corruption and stupidity in this country (as so smartly written about in that mag) that it's hard for me to read anymore. It just makes me feel like even more of a cynic than I already am, and, as Billy Bragg says, "I try to keep a lid on my disappointment /'cause cynicism is such a cop-out, I know."

On to happier thoughts.

So it looks like we are going to get a family membership at the YMCA, and I am really excited about it! They have a lap pool, an "instructional" pool (for water aerobics classes) AND a family fun pool, with a water slide, waterfalls, and those squirty fountain things. It's only about 2' deep, so totally easy to keep track of little ones. We have a free pass so we'll probably go today and take Brynn swimming, which I know she will love! They also have yoga and pilates classes, karate, toddler tumbling, swimming lessons, and all of the usual group exercise stuff. And they have a childcare room that is free, so I am going to **hopefully** get Brynn used to being there so that I can enjoy an hour of exercise without too much guilt. (Wish me luck on that!) I've decided that I really want to lose 15 pounds by summer, so if I start now and lose 3 pounds a month (a reasonable goal), I will be at my target by June 1.

In other news, it's snowing here! : This is our first snow of the season, and Brynn is so excited about it! She said, "I want to go out and step in it!" So after breakfast we are going to bundle up and go outside to make snow bunnies.
post #120 of 243
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IWK= Interweave Knits. Of course I am SO jealous of your snow, though.
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